Contents tagged with Minsk agreements

  • President of Belarus Lukashenko: Minsk will remain a negotiation platform for Donbas

    Minsk will remain a platform for negotiations on finding a peaceful solution to the conflict in the Donbas, President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko said on Sunday, Belta agency reports.

    “This subject was blown out of proportion in the mass media almost to the extent of a scandal. I know this platform will remain. Do you think anybody will go to Asia to resolve European problems?” Lukashenko asked.

    The President also said this was a shared opinion in Germany. “We are not taking part in the …

  • Germany dissatisfied with implementation of Minsk Agreements

    Germany is not satisfied with the state of implementation of the agreements reached in Minsk on February 12, 2015, and intends to continue work to resolve the conflict through the "Normandy format" (consisting of Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia), according to a statement published on the website of the German Foreign Office.

    "Thanks to the Minsk Agreements, we have succeeded in containing the conflict in the east of Ukraine and preventing a fire in the region. With the political will …

  • Russian foreign Minister Lavrov says Russia will not recognize LPR and DPR

    During a broadcast of Russia 1, when asked about whether Russia will recognize the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov responded that the Kremlin remains committed to Minsk Agreements.

    According to the Russian Minister, deviation from the Minsk agreements would be a “colossal mistake." "You know, unlike some of our international colleagues, we [Russia] are still people of our word; and we always stand by our word, especially when it was the subject of …

  • Macron and Putin hold phone conversation to discuss situation in Ukraine

    French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation on Friday.

    The Kremlin’s press service reported that the Heads of State discussed the situation in Ukraine "with an emphasis on the need for full implementation of the [Minsk Agreements]”, among other things.

    Later, Elysee Palace releases statement confirming conversation occurred.

    "In connection with the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, the President of the Republic noted that implementation of the …

  • Media: Surkov and Volker were unable to agree on Ukrainian ‘law on Donbas’ while in Dubai

    Assistant to the Russian President Vladislav Surkov and US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker did not reach a unified position on the Ukrainian bill on the reintegration of the Donbas at the meeting in Dubai, reported Interfax citing a source familiar with the negotiations. "The main issue was the bill on the reintegration of the Donbas, however the parties continue to demonstrate different views to this issue," the source said. According to Interfax’s source, no concrete decisions …

  • Italy calls for full implementation of the Minsk Agreements

    In 2018, Italy replaced Austria as Chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe or OSCE. As Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said on January 1, during its period of leadership, Rome plans to center its efforts mainly on resolving a refugee crisis in the Mediterranean region.

    Alfano also said that the organization will continue to closely monitor the situation in eastern Ukraine. The conflict in the Donbas and around Ukraine “challenges the very fundamental …

  • Volker: US ready to partially remove sanctions from Russia if Kremlin implements the Minsk agreements

    The United States is ready to partially lift sanctions against Russia after full implementation of the Minsk agreements in the Donbas,stated US special representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker in an interview with Echo of Moscow.

    "It's very simple, very, very simple. Secretary of State Tillerson, Pentagon chief James Mattis, [and] the US president have spoken about this: we want to see the restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, [and] security and protection for all …

  • EU reminds Russia of need to implement Minsk Agreements after its withdrawal from Joint Center for Control and Coordination in Donbas

    The EU insists on the need for the Russian Federation to comply with the Minsk agreements in connection with its withdrawal from the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) for issues related to the ceasefire and the stabilization of the contact line, reported UNIAN citing cites the EU representative.

    "We expect that all parties will implement the Minsk agreements. The EU continues to support diplomatic efforts aimed at their full implementation, which serves as the basis for a …

  • Media: Plotnitsky will return to LPR

    Igor Plotnitsky, the head of the self-proclaimed LPR, who, according to information provided by the separatists, had resigned, will return to Lugansk to work on the Minsk agreements, reports Novaya Gazeta.

    The publication notes that Plotnitsky's successor, LPR ‘Minister of State Security’ Leonid Pasechnik, has no questions for his predecessor. Pasechnik maintained neutrality during the conflict between Plotnitsky and the LPR's Interior Minister, Igor Kornet.

    Additionally, the newspaper's …

  • Kremlin: the deployment of UN monitors on the Russian border violates the Minsk agreements

    Moscow believes that the Ukraine’s insistence on the need to place the UN peacekeeping mission primarily on the Russian-Ukrainian border violates the sequence of the stages of the Minsk agreement, as stated by the official spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

    "Immediately after the introduction of the Russian draft resolution, it was distorted in much of Ukrainian mass media, and presented completely differently," Zakharova said. “One of the serious problems in the …